For many years, CALA has been encouraging our members to invite their legislators to their community. This is a great way for assemblymembers and state senators to connect with their constituents, and it makes residents and team members feel like part of the political process. But you can make it even more enticing…why not invite your legislator to visit your community during a special, commemorative day? Here are a few upcoming dates that might be a good fit:
May 2018: California Fairgrounds Appreciation Month
According to ACR 221, introduced by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-Jackson), “This measure would designate the month of May 2018 as California Fairgrounds Appreciation Month and would extend the Legislature’s warmest regards and appreciation to the thousands of volunteers, fair directors, staff, business supporters, and sponsors who keep the network of California state fairgrounds strong, vibrant, relevant, and successful.”
There are many ways you can incorporate this commemoration into your community. Ask residents to write memoirs of a day they spent at a county or local fair. Gather photos for a display to help encourage the sharing of memories and stories. Host a fairground-style picnic, complete with hot dogs, kettle corn, and pie-eating contest.
June 2018: LGBT Pride Month
According to AB 2969, introduced by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Cupertino), June is observed as LGBT Pride Month in California. CALA has long supported warm, welcoming environments for all seniors, including LGBT seniors, and was pleased to have been able to work with Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Equality California on SB 219 to clarify LGBT resident rights.
CALA members have already celebrated the passage of this legislation, and your community can, too. Be sure to invite your legislator to the event and share with them how your community ensures the rights of all its residents.
September 23, 2018: First Responder Day
According to SR 75, introduced by Senator Mike Morrell (R- Rancho Cucamonga), “Every day the citizens of the State of California rely on the dedicated professionalism of first responders to preserve the peace and secure the safety and well-being of all who live in, and visit, California.” Therefore, September 23rd is set aside as a day to honor these brave individuals.
This day is very close to Assisted Living Week, which falls during the second week of September. Why not combine both events? Invite your first responders to an honorary breakfast or barbecue. Have a local EMT or police officer give a presentation on safety. Hold a safety drill and invite the local fire station to participate.
However you decide to incorporate these or other special events, be sure to invite your legislator to join in on the celebration. Use CALA’s guide to hosting a legislator for helpful tips, and contact our legislation and regulation staff if you need help along the way. We can’t wait to hear what you have in store for your residents and their representatives!